1Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.2It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.3So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sistersins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.4Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”6He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.7“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?8Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’?9Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?10So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ”
11Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.12As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance13and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”14When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.15One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.16He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.17Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?18Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”19Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
20Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed,21nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”22Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it.23People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them.24For the Son of Man in his daywill be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.25But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.26“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.27People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.28“It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.29But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.30“It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.31On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything.32Remember Lot’s wife!33Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.34I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.35Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”37“Where, Lord?” they asked. He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”
1Then Jacob continued on his journey and came to the land of the eastern peoples.2There he saw a well in the open country, with three flocks of sheep lying near it because the flocks were watered from that well. The stone over the mouth of the well was large.3When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone away from the well’s mouth and water the sheep. Then they would return the stone to its place over the mouth of the well.4Jacob asked the shepherds, “My brothers, where are you from?” “We’re from Harran,” they replied.5He said to them, “Do you know Laban, Nahor’s grandson?” “Yes, we know him,” they answered.6Then Jacob asked them, “Is he well?” “Yes, he is,” they said, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.”7“Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”8“We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.”9While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherd.10When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of his uncle Laban, and Laban’s sheep, he went over and rolled the stone away from the mouth of the well and watered his uncle’s sheep.11Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud.12He had told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and a son of Rebekah. So she ran and told her father.13As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things.
14Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.” After Jacob had stayed with him for a whole month,15Laban said to him, “Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.”16Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.17Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.18Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”19Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me.”20So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.21Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife. My time is completed, and I want to make love to her.”22So Laban brought together all the people of the place and gave a feast.23But when evening came, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and Jacob made love to her.24And Laban gave his servant Zilpah to his daughter as her attendant.25When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?”26Laban replied, “It is not our custom here to give the younger daughter in marriage before the older one.27Finish this daughter’s bridal week; then we will give you the younger one also, in return for another seven years of work.”28And Jacob did so. He finished the week with Leah, and then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife.29Laban gave his servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her attendant.30Jacob made love to Rachel also, and his love for Rachel was greater than his love for Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.
1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?2My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.3Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.4In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.5To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.6But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.7All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.8“He trusts in the LORD,” they say, “let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”9Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.10From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.11Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.12Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.13Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me.14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me.15My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.16Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet.17All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.18They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.19But you, LORD, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.20Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.21Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.22I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you.23You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!24For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.25From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.26The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him— may your hearts live forever!27All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,28for dominion belongs to the LORDand he rules over the nations.29All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive.30Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.31They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!